Perisher is the name of the ski resort that covers the areas of Perisher Valley, Smiggins Holes and Guthega, and the additional ski fields at Mount Blue Cow.
There were originally four separate ski resorts at Perisher Valley, Smiggins Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega. It is now a single resort, sharing lift passes and are all linked through a variety of lifts and the ski-tube railway. Perisher has a total of 50 lifts.
See the article on the Snowy Mountains for advice on how to access the general area. Thie article has specific advice on local access.
There is vehicle access to Perisher Valley, Smiggins Holes and Guthega. Access to Blue Cow is only by Ski Tube. Cars cannot be parked overnight, and if you are staying overnight you need to park at Bullocks Flat and catch the Ski Tube. Snow-chains are required to be carried, and fitted when required.
There can be extensive delays on the roads between Perisher and Jindabyne at peak times, and the traffic can come to a complete standstill in poor weather. Check the weather reports and road conditions on the web, or with the radio if you are coming from Jindabyne, and consider the Ski Tube as an alternative if the traffic reports are bad.
- The Skitube Alpine Railway runs from Bullocks Flat near Jindabyne up through the national park and stops at both Perisher Valley and Blue Cow. This is the usual way for people staying in Jindabyne to reach the snow, and you can get lift passes that include the railway. Plenty of parking is available at Bullocks Flat. The tube itself is very crowded throughout the day. Naturally it has places to rest your skis or boards, the issue is finding a place to sit or stand yourself.
There is a free shuttle bus from Perisher Valley Ski Tube station to Smiggins Holes.
Bullocks Flat which is well below the snow line, and before the national park entry gate. You don't usually need to carry chains or to pay the vehicle admission to the national park to catch the ski-tube to either Perisher Valley or to Blue Cow.
The ski tube only runs during the winter season. During summer the only access is by car, and there is no access to Blue Cow.
There are two Skitube stops within the resort itself: Perisher Valley (close to lifts up Mount Perisher and Back Perisher Mountain) and Blue Cow (close to lifts up Mount Blue Cow and to the snow traverse to the Guthega area). You can use the Skitube to transfer between the two. However, most travel within the resort is done either on ski or snowboard, or by the lifts.
There is a shuttle bus that runs between Perisher Valley and the Smiggins Holes.
When staying within Perisher on the snow you can't actually drive your car up to the resort due to the roads being too hard to maintain and the fact they don't want a million cars going up to the lodges a day, so you have to rely on two things one you're strong and can walk your gear up or you can rely on Han's oversnow or any of the other over snow vehicles who will drop you right at the door with your gear for about $10 per a person. Check with where you are staying because some may do free lifts after a certain time.
Cars are not allowed to stay within the national park at Perisher over night so for those staying within the National Park someone will have to drive the car to the Ski Tube terminal in Bullocks Flat and catch the Ski Tube back to Perisher. It may sound like a hassle but it is far better this way then driving everyday from Jindabyne or catching the Ski Tube everyday.
Skiing is what Perisher village is all about. It is accessible in summer, but there are no lifts operating, and not much to see, and it is very quiet. Consider nearby Thredbo as a summer destination nearby.
Skiing and snowboarding
The entire resort is open to both skiers and snowboarders. There are beginner and all-mountain lift passes available for 1, 3 or 5 days.
Perisher Blue offers both skiing and snowboarding lessons. There are five grades of lessons ranging from complete beginner to parallel turns (skiers) and intermediate terrain (snowboarders) together with a special advanced class covering advanced runs (skiers) and half pipes (snowboarders).
Group lessons run for up to 2.5 hours with both a morning and afternoon session both taking place in either Perisher Valley or Blue Cow.
Classes run three times a day from Perisher, Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow bases. Adults and children have separate classes with about 15 students per class. Private or small group lessons that run from 1 to 2 hours are available on a pre-booked or walk-in basis.
Perisher Blue has a few ways to keep the children busy and having fun, whether it is a full day or half day ski lessons or placing them within in child care facilities. Generally children under six can do indoor care and snow play. Over six, there are options for normal lesson times, or for more organised programs, including full day lessons, lunch and play. Teens just get the lessons .
If the children are looking for something different and to place further stress on your empty pockets then Tube Town is located to the far side of Perisher Valley as you enter the parking area it is hard to miss as the toboggans are located just to the side of it. Tube town has snow making and lighting
Like many ski resorts, finding a comfortable place to eat inside at lunchtime can be a challenge, as the eateries get busy. If the weather is good, usually by 2:30pm the standard lunch places are quiet.
Aldo's located within the Perisher Valley Ski tube terminal it is an excellent Italian & Pizza restaurant it closes during dinner but it is none the less an excellent place to go and have a great lunch. The place leaves many raving about the food.
JAX The local pub down in perisher valley has a very unorthodox approach to your meal, basically you pick the cut of meat or chicken you want and then you head over to the grill where you can cook it up to perfection your way, you then get a all you can eat one serving of salads ranging from pasta, potato and normal salads.
Ski Tube Donut Store A donut store located on the platform for the ski tube at the Perisher stop. The best warm snack after a days boarding or skiing. Made fresh when you order.
There is a limited amount of accommodation at Perisher Valley and at Smiggins Holes. Most people skiing at Perisher stay at Jindabyne. There is no accommodation at Blue Cow or Guthega, and facilities, bars, retaurants etc there close quickly after the lifts stop running.
Needless to say, on snow accommodation can be expensive. A steep price tag does not guarantee superior accommodation, and the price of bunk rooms here can be the same as deluxe rooms in Jindabyne.
- Perisher Valley Hotel, ☎ +61 2 6459 4455. Right in the middle of the village, easy access to the Ski Tube station. On snow accommodation.
- Smiggins Hotel, ☎ +61 2 6457 5375 (fax: +61 2 6457 5475).
- Matterhorn, Kosciusko Road, ph 02 6457 5500 (fax 02 6457 5560).
- Eiger Chalet Ski Resort , ph 02 6457 5209. fax 02 6457 5205, .
- The Stables Resort.
See the rest of the Snowy Mountains.